Exhibit: “Early Methodists and Their Books”

Presented through December 14 by Bridwell Library at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology


August 29, 2012

Dallas (SMU) – Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition, “Early Methodists and Their Books,” August 20 – December 14, 2012.

This exhibition in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library features 50 items that reveal how readers in the first century of the Methodist tradition (c. 1739–1839) acquired, read, inscribed, annotated, and treasured their books.

These volumes include several owned by John or Charles Wesley, manuscripts used by early Methodist ministers, and numerous books and hymnals inscribed with the names of everyday Methodist pioneers, male and female, in England and America.

There is no charge for admission to this exhibition or Bridwell Library. An online version of the exhibition will be available at http://www.smu.edu/bridwell/exhibitions.

Bridwell Library is located at 6005 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, Texas, 75205. More information about Bridwell Library is available at www.smu.edu/bridwell, or at 214-768-3483, bridadmin@smu.edu. Information about public parking at SMU, along with maps of the SMU campus, is available at smu.edu/maps.

Bridwell Library offers a rich array of materials and services in support of the study and research needs of the students and faculty of Perkins School of Theology and the Graduate Program in Religious Studies. Bridwell is also the principal bibliographic resource at Southern Methodist University for the fields of theology and religious studies. Bridwell welcomes researchers from all areas of the university as well as the extended religious and academic communities

Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911 at Southern Methodist University, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Church Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry, as well as the Ph.D., which is offered as a cooperative venture by Perkins School of Theology and the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at SMU.

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